A project of Columbus Design Institute, Homeworks seeks thoughtful responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by convening a series of conversations with academics, designers, and community practitioners. Over the course of four days, conversations will focus on singular topics: Social Connectivity, Public Space, Home Life, and Food Systems. Homeworks will conclude with a Recap presentation by designer Rick Valicenti—Indy Design Week’s Keynote presenter.
Homeworks is a call to action that focuses on improving the communities of Indiana, and beyond. Together we can learn about and explore creative approaches to our current and long-term future reality.
Presented by the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
COVID-19 has upended our social fabric, making social inequities more visible and community harder to build. Social Connectivity will explore designing communities to be more resilient and equitable in this pandemic, and after.
Quarantine and health fears have effectively diminished most uses for public space, including those vital to society, such as public celebrations and protests. Given the vital importance of public gatherings and the public spaces that make our cities unique, Public Space explores how we will gather again when the pandemic subsides.
Suddenly our homes are struggling to serve the disparate roles of school, office, daycare, and restaurant simultaneously. Home Life will explore how we can rethink our houses with quarantines and future health crises in mind.
The pandemic is revealing the fragility of our food systems, with food pantries and food distribution systems stressed to a near break point. Food Systems will explore how we can create more resilient food creation and distribution.